I have had some parents question me on the importance of post workout or post game supplementation for their children. It is important to understand that metabolically the same thing is occurring in a child that occurs in an adult or even a professional athlete. After an hour or two of competing, the child’s body has endured certain levels of “stress”.
Exercise has depleted the muscle’s fuel resources, caused some minor damage, and now the muscle is in need of replenishment and repair. While the words depletion and damage may sound like negative things, they are not as long as this state only sticks around for a short period of time. You see, these changes allow the muscle to adapt by getting better at the exercise demands placed on it.
Therefore, if your child is doing endurance exercise (soccer, basketball, running etc), the muscle will become depleted and damaged in the short run, but in the long run it will super compensate, building itself up to be a better aerobic machine. And if strength training is involved, it will tear down you’re weaker muscle fibers in favor of building up bigger, stronger ones. This is actually a very good thing, but there is a time “window” immediately after a game or workout where the muscles are primed to receive protein and carbs to build and recover.
I hope you can now see, without the proper raw materials, that this building can’t take place. You’ll be left with muscles that never reach their potential. So to realize full return on your time and energy investment, you need to give the body the raw materials it needs, namely protein and carbohydrates.
Typically after intense exercise, most kids complain that eating a big meal is difficult. This is understandable as exercise stress creates a situation where the hunger centers are all but shut down.
Fortunately liquid supplemental formulas (like Phenom Young Athlete) are palatable, easy to consume, and can be quite nutrient dense, providing all the nutrition you need at this time. In addition, since these formulas are structurally simple, the gastrointestinal tract has no difficulty processing them. Your child’s stomach will thank you for this.
The latest research has demonstrated that liquid supplemental formulas containing fast digesting protein (whey isolates) and carbohydrates (sweet potatoes and whole grain brown rice) are absorbed more quickly than whole food meals.
To put this into perspective, a Phenom Young Athlete protein shake may be fully absorbed within 30 to 60 minutes, providing much needed muscle nourishment within the recommended time. However, a slower digesting solid food meal (mom’s home cooking) may take 2 to 3 hours to fully reach the muscle.
One scoop of Phenom Young Athlete mixed with water or milk is ideal to deliver the 27g macronutrients (18g protein and 9g carbs) quickly to your child’s muscles to complete the recovery and building process. Help your child get the full benefit of their efforts in practice and in games so they can come back stronger and better prepared.